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11/30/2013 2:00:00 PM
Spring Valley woman turns 45-page epic poem into book

Craig Sterrett
News Editor

A Spring Valley poet just published her fifth book, but it’s a different type of work this time.

Though she’s never been to Yorkshire in England, Lucia Kiersch Haase wrote her 45-page epic from the point of view of her own character. She did a great deal of research before trying to write in the “voice” of Megan Flame, a fictitious writer in England who has been inspired by the works of the Bronte sisters.

Kiersch Haase usually writes in sonnet or a formal verse. This time it’s all in ballad form. She’s written in the form before, but never one that could be considered a book.

“There’s a specific rhyme in it. It’s four lines each stanza and every other line is rhyming. That’s the parameters for a ballad stanza,” she said.

It was a bit of a puzzle to telling the story while adhering to those “rules” while also trying “to get points across in four lines.”

“I usually write in the form, it’s more of a challenge for me; you have to adhere to specific meters,” Kiersch Haase said. “learned that through a group of people online, and we started simple and eventually we did every form.”

Kiersch Haase said members of her online community helped her with the editing process. Some of them are from parts of England not far from the moors and the land described by the Brontes in their 1800s works.

Kiersch Haase’s ballad, “Violae,” she said, is a love poem set in the latter 1800s. It’s about Violae, “who meets Theobald, the true love of her life,” a press release from Kiersch Haase noted.

She said she writes “as a direct result of several spiritual experiences in her life.” That’s obvious in the acknowledgements in her book, including, “I would like to thank God for inspiration always, also my family, friends in England, and England, itself.”

The book is available for $16.95 and is available at or from the author at

Her other books are: “Divine Light, Living Water,”  “A Gathering of Stones,” “Between Two Lakes” and “Sonnets Through the Window.”

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